mosquito bite reaction or lymes?

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   Posted 8/31/2017 3:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

Really appreciate any advice regarding a bite. I was recently in Italy on vacation. I was bitten extremely badly on my ankles (mosquitos), I usually react pretty bad and thus my ankle completely swelled.

The same time, I also noticed a bite on my inner arm, the following day - a small blotchy red rash appeared this bite.

I went to the doctors without even thinking about my arm, and was given 7 day x 500mg antibiotics to clear infection on ankle.

I then began reading about the typical 'bullseye' rash, and I'm worried that this is what I have on my arm. Although, I never saw a tick, I was not in heavy woodland/bush and it did itch. There was also a bite mark which scabbed over.

After about 4 days on antibiotics, the rash has practically gone, it's always been fairly blotchy with no definition of a bullseye, although it was a red ring around the bite - I just wanted to see what you guys thought, Link to a couple of pics, the second one is a couple of days after taking AB.

Any advice would be hugely appreciated - as I'm extremely anxious.


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   Posted 8/31/2017 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Clydeconn

First read thru the "New to Lyme" topic at the top of this page.

Its good that you took pictures of the rash on your arm. It does resemble an EM rash and that is caused only by a Lyme infection. You should see an Lyme Literate MD (LLMD) trained by ILADS. Post another topic "seeking an LLMD in (city/state closest to you)". Go into your profile to enable private e-mail feature and someone will send you a referral in your area. It may take 4 to 6 months to get an appointment, but get on their wait list in case of a cancellation and you might get in sooner.

In the mean time you could treat yourself with Astragalus Root and take 3000mg per day until you see an LLMD. You could also look at Steven Buhner's "Healing Lyme" book and website on what other herbals would be helpful.

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   Posted 8/31/2017 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Many thanks for your reply. I will take your advice, I'm actually based in the UK - so I will have a look for specialists here and see if I can arrange an appointment. Thanks so much again, clyde.

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   Posted 8/31/2017 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   
There are members in this forum from around the world. Enable e-mail and post a request for an LLMD in UK

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   Posted 8/31/2017 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again, I will do.

Just adding one more pic from today as quality a bit clearer... I react quite bad to bites, so really hoping that this is just an allergic reaction to a mozzie bite. In the meantime I've read the thread you mentioned and will keep an eye on symptoms (none so far). Thank you.

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   Posted 9/13/2017 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there I was just wondering how you got on? Did you see an lyme Dr, I am also from the UK so if you need any details I am seeing a lyme Dr in Hemel Hempstead

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   Posted 9/13/2017 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
This came up on an earlier thread and I wanted to address it but can't find it any more.
You CAN get a bullseye rash from a mosquito. It does NOT mean you have Lyme. My LLMD just told me this today, and thought I'd share bc there have been some differing opinions.

It happened to me many years ago. I know it was a mosquito bite- it was a red bump and itched like heck, along with half a dozen others. Mosquitoes love me. After a few days the red started spreading and formed a bullseye. It was not Lyme.

That being said, if you don't KNOW what bit you, and it just appeared, be cautious. In this situation it sounds like a mosquito reaction. Write it down. Track your illnesses and symptoms for a while. Be willing to relax if nothing happens.
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   Posted 9/13/2017 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
A true bullseye rash is diagnostic for lyme disease.

It's thought that mosquitos and other vectors can transmit lyme disease...

From Dr. Burrascano - Lyme Treatment Guidelines:

Erythema migrans (EM) is diagnostic of Bb infection, but is present in fewer than half. Even if present, it may go unnoticed by the patient. It is an erythematous, centrifugally expanding lesion that is raised and may be warm. Rarely there is mild stinging or pruritus. The EM rash will begin four days to several weeks after the bite, and may be associated with constitutional symptoms. Multiple lesions are present less than 10% of the time, but do represent disseminated disease. Some lesions have an atypical appearance and skin biopsy specimens may be helpful. When an ulcerated or vesicular center is seen, this may represent a mixed infection, involving other organisms besides B. burgdorferi.
After a tick bite, serologic tests (ELISA. IFA, western blots, etc.) are not expected to become positive until several weeks have passed. Therefore, if EM is present, treatment must begin immediately, and one should not wait for results of Borrelia tests. You should not miss the chance to treat early disease, for this is when the success rate is the highest. Indeed, many knowledgeable clinicians will not even order a Borrelia test in this circumstance.
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   Posted 9/13/2017 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I got bit by a mosquito in Paris 2013. I did not have a bullseye. My foot swelled up almost double its size, was red, puffy, itchy. I had NO idea it was Lyme until last year.
*42 yo - Treatment started Nov. 2016 - Bitten by mosquito in Paris 2013
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